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April 15, 2015

Sierra Library Services Platform 2.0 in General Release. Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

Innovative announced that Sierra Library Services Platform 2.0 is in general release, including enhancements that make the staff experience more powerful and intuitive. All of Sierra’s key functional areas have been updated, including acquisitions, cataloging, resource sharing, and reports. Library staff will find that index searching with the Sierra Desktop application is more robust. The release also introduces a set of collection-development reports that enable consortia members to make more informed acquisitions decisions.

April 14, 2015

Innovative to integrate Sierra with EBSCO and YBP Library Services Using New APIs. Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

Innovative and EBSCO Information Services announce integration of YBP Library Services and EBSCO online ordering with Sierra. The integration will provide seamless ordering and improved workflow efficiencies.

Innovative Users Group (IUG) convenes 23rd Annual Conference in Minneapolis. Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

Innovative announced that IUG 2015, the 23rd annual Innovative Users Group Conference, has convened in Minneapolis, MN. Over 1,000 attendees, which include users of all the company’s major technology platforms (Sierra Library Services Platform, Polaris ILS, Virtua, and Vital), will participate in over 180 program sessions presented by their colleagues and Innovative staff.

April 13, 2015

Innovative launches Mobile Worklists in New Cloud Architecture. Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

Innovative announced that Mobile Worklists is now available for download from the iOS App Store, representing a landmark for the company as its first completely cloud-based offering for libraries worldwide. Built on Innovative’s new Open Library Stack, Mobile Worklists fully integrates with the Sierra Library Services Platform and does not require a change of ILS for its existing customers. Mobile Worklists is the Company’s first native, multi-tenant, cloud-based product in production. Using mobile technology, this solution makes material handling and management tasks more efficient and staff more productive. It reduces the back and forth between the stacks and the desk, cuts down on repetitive material handling, and decreases staff reliance on paper reports. Version 1.0 of Mobile Worklists includes the ability to create and track lists of materials, scan barcodes with the mobile-device’s camera, share lists in Sierra for editing or updating in real time, and more.

April 1, 2015

Black Country Libraries Partnership (BCLiP) selects the Sierra library services platform. Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

The Black Country Libraries Partnership in the West Midlands region of the UK has selected the Sierra Library Services Platform and Encore Discovery to unite operations and user services for its four public library authorities. Innovative will provide the authorities of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton a single, hosted implementation of Sierra and the Encore Discovery solution, which will operate from the company’s Data Centre in Dublin, Ireland. Together, the combined system will give over 175,000 registered library users access to a collection of more than 2.7 million items. At present the libraries circulate 7.6 million items each year. The authorities are moving to Sierra from the following systems: Dudley and Walsall, Galaxy provided by Axiell; Sandwell, Spydus provided by Civica; and Wolverhampton, Alto provided by Capita.

March 19, 2015

Palo Alto City Library (CA) selects the Sierra Library Services Platform. Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

Innovative announced that Palo Alto City Library has selected the Sierra Library Services Platform. The current collection size is 300,000 physical items and over 60,000 in electronic holdings. PACL circulates 1.4 million items annually and will be migrating from a Horizon system provided by SirsiDynix.

March 10, 2015

Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand) selects the Sierra Library Services Platform and Encore Duet. Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

Innovative announced that Auckland University of Technology Library has selected the Sierra Library Services Platform, to be hosted at the company's new data center in Sydney, Australia. The library will also provide integrated discovery with Encore Duet and will be migrating from a Voyager ILS provided by Ex Libris and the Summon Service discovery product from ProQuest. The physical collections of the Library number over 230,000 items.

March 9, 2015

University of Northampton (UK) selects the Sierra Library Services Platform. Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

Innovative announced today that the University of Northampton has selected the Sierra Library Services Platform and will migrate from an Alto system provided by Capita Library Systems. The library contains over 700,000 items.

March 4, 2015

Innovative pledges support to Libhub Initiative. Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

Innovative announced today its sponsorship of the Libhub Initiative, which encourages industry-wide focus on the visibility of library resources on the Web. With enabling technologies such as linked data and shared vocabularies such as schema.org and BIBFRAME, the Libhub Initiative will exponentially expand data linking among libraries and the greater Web.

February 12, 2015

Diputació de Barcelona (Spain) now live on the Sierra Library Services Platform. Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

Innovative announced that the Diputació de Barcelona in Spain is now live on the Sierra Library Services Platform after completing a migration from Innovative's Millennium ILS. DIBA's Municipal Libraries Network contains more than 720,000 titles and more than 10.5 million items. Over 2.6 million registered users borrow over 50,000 items each day and can access the libraries at 230 locations.

January 29, 2015

Innovative's Open Library Experience at ALA Midwinter Meeting. Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

Innovative will exhibit at booth #1811 in the ALA Midwinter Meeting featuring the Sierra Services Platform, Polaris ILS and Leap, SkyRiver, Vital, and more. Innovative staff will be on hand to answer your questions and talk about our new developments with APIs, the Cloud, and mobile technology including our new version of Mobile Worklists.

January 28, 2015

Over 1,100 Libraries Select Innovative in 2014. Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

Innovative announced that its flagship products were selected by 144 library systems in 2014; 49 of them are new libraries joining the Innovative family. The systems represent over 1,100 libraries of all types in over 20 countries. All of the company's platforms - the Polaris ILS, the Sierra Library Services Platform, and Virtua - were selected in 2014. The libraries are either upgrading from Innovative's Millennium ILS to the Sierra Library Services Platform or migrating from competing systems such as Alma, Evergreen, Horizon, Koha, Voyager, and Symphony.

January 23, 2015

Innovative and EBSCO Information Services extend strategic partnership. Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

Inovative and EBSCO Information Services have extended their strategic partnership to incorporate all platforms in the expanded Innovative product portfolio, including Polaris ILS, Vital, and Virtua. The partnership activities between the two companies for Innovative's Sierra Services Platform and Encore Duet will continue.

January 16, 2015

Milton Public Library (Canada) selects the Sierra Library Services Platform. Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

Innovative announced that Milton Public Library in Ontario, Canada has selected the Sierra Library Services Platform and will migrate from a Horizon system provided by SirsiDynix. The Library has a collection size of 87,000 volumes with an annual circulation of 400,000.

January 6, 2015

Halton Hills Public Library (Canada) selects the Sierra Library Services Platform. Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

Innovative announced that Halton Hills Public Library in Ontario, Canada has selected the Sierra Library Services Platform and will migrate from a Horizon system provided by SirsiDynix. The Library holds 147,000 items with a circulation of 533,000 annually.

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